By Max Allan Collins, Mickey Spillane

ISBN-10: 0451205960

ISBN-13: 9780451205964

Thirty-two tales of gorgeous ingenuity. Thirty-two writers of mythical genius. 100 years of crime fiction in a one of a kind assortment.

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No, not a word. You think they’re keeping her prisoner until they finish their work below? But if they kill you, then—” “Never mind about my life. I’ve taken care of it for years. And I intend to live to dance on the graves of Armin Loring, Baron Stutz, et al. ” He had a first-class chill right away. Maybe I didn’t hear his bones rattle, but I heard the change in his pocket. Jerry remained behind and I got a slant at the assistant manager, standing in the room beyond when we passed through it.

Just one bullet from one gun—whichever lad fired first. ” I turned toward the door. ” “Personally—” He started suddenly, stopped, then blurted it out. “You said it was a woman. ” I had the door half open and O’Rourke had his mouth half open. I knew what he was going to say; what he always said. His personal opinion had nothing to do with that of the department, so I didn’t give him a chance to say it. I just closed the door and took it on the run down the hall. If anything happened to Armin now, I’d tell O’Rourke I thought he wanted it that way.

They won’t harm her until after the stuff is safe away from here—if it’s here—or if they intend to bring it here and carry it away in those vases. You have let things go too far and so have I. I’d have the feds in here now if it weren’t for the danger to Mary. I’m going to blow the works tonight—come what may. ” “But they won’t tell you where she is. ” “Mr. Lee,” I said very seriously, and meant it, “if they don’t tell me they won’t be alive to kill her later. Now—go home. I have your number. ” I handed him a card.

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